Published: Wed, August 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

'I don't want guns in the hands of a lunatic'

'I don't want guns in the hands of a lunatic'

The programs for which Schumer will suggest boosting funding include initiatives in the Department of Homeland Security to counter violent extremism; domestic terrorism investigations conducted by the FBI; and gun violence research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Democratic push on gun control comes after back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, propelled the wide availability of guns in the United States back to the forefront of political debate. The House and Senate are both out of session for August recess.

Publically McConnell has only committed to launching into a discussion of the issue with the GOP-controlled Senate returns from recess next month.

The reason Mitch won't move the house bill improving background checks for gun purchases, which has been sitting on his desk for weeks, forward is because he was bought and paid for long ago.

Meanwhile, Democratic Rep. Don Beyer of Virginia argued that McConnell is trying to run out the clock.

The White House, which originally threatened to veto the House legislation, is now reassessing the package, according to sources familiar with the matter.

"I am convinced that Mitch wants to do something", Trump told reporters as he prepared to depart New Jersey for an event in Pittsburgh.

The minority leader's office cited plans that the Republican-led Senate Appropriations Committee was preparing to provide less funding for a variety of domestic programs including health and education in order to get the resources needed for the wall.

Trump also said he'd had "a very good conversation" with Sen.

Hoyer said the Democratic-run House Judiciary Committee will consider gun control legislation, though he stopped short of saying they would hold votes. "How many deaths will it take till he knows that too many people have died", Hoyer said, pausing for effect.

"The dual scourges of gun violence and violent white supremacist extremism in this country are a national security threat plain and simple, and it's time the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress starting treating them as such", Schumer said in a statement provided to Politico.

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